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Here in the East Midlands: Tonight, the unused fire control centre
that's costing taxpayers a fortune. This building has been closed since
2007 and cost the taxpayers ?8 million in rent alone.
I was drinking six litres a day. For a stand`up comedian, I couldn't
stand up any more. Searching the stolen metal, police carry out spot
checks on scrap dealers in Leicestershire.
And, a song for Rose, written by children for a friend who died from
cancer. We sat around a piano and put some
stuff together and had an amazing song which expressed our feelings
about Rose. Good evening, welcome to the
programme. First tonight, it's emerged that an
empty fire control centre is costing taxpayers in the East Midlands
?5,000 a day. It's been dubbed a costly white elephant by one local
MP. The building was one of nine around the country designed to
replace smaller control rooms, but was scrapped 0
replace smaller control rooms, but was scrapped three years ago. Now,
it could be used as a regional office for police forces from across
the East Midlands. Our reporter Simon Hare is at the building for us
now. Good evening. We are just be a 50 at
Castle Donington, on a busy industrial estate. A hive of
activity everywhere except here. The building is empty. Despite that, it
costs the taxpayer ?5,000 a day which adds up to ?1.8 million a
year, ?1.3 million of that is rent alone. The government is signed up
to continue paying that until 2032. As white elephants go, they don't
come much bigger than this. It was supposed to be a fire control centre
for the whole of the East Midlands. It was part of a project to replace
46 smaller control rooms across the country, with nine regional control
centres. It 0 country, with nine regional control
centres. It began in 2004 under the Labour government. It was hoped it
would provide a better coordinated response to emergencies. The
building in Castle Donington was completed in 2007. But there were
major problems and, with costs spiralling, the nationwide project
was scrapped in 2010, having wasted ?469 million. It is an outrage that
taxpayers have to work that hard to pay their tax for politicians to
waste that money. Someone should be held accountable, there should be an
investigation into why we have got to this. 0
investigation into why we have got to this. Now, there are reports it
could be used by police. But it is thought that would bring
in a fraction of what it cost the government to lease it. And at a
time when the fire fighters union is campaigning against cuts to the
service and their terms and conditions.
For what it would settle our pensions dispute, one of these would
pay for it straightaway. It is galling. A sentiment shared by all
taxpayers who have helped to pay for this building.
To cut the ongoing Bill, could this building now be used by the police
in the 0 building now be used by the police
in the East 0 0 building now be used by the police
in the East Midlands? We have seen collaboration between the different
forces in the region. They are also under increasing financial pressure.
Could they cut costs by sharing more backroom functions and basing them
here for the whole of the East Midlands? That idea is being
considered although it is said to be at a very early stage.
A former Miss Nottingham finalist has been cleared of selling gun
components illegally. Rebecca Draper sold 0 0
components illegally. Rebecca Draper sold firing pins for lethal weapons,
from her airgun shop in Radford. But, today, a judge said the law was
"very uncertain", and the firearms charges were dropped. Our social
affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball reports.
Rebecca Draper arrived at Nottingham Crown Court today expecting to go on
trial and facing the prospect of a five year prison sentence. Miss
Jaeger was accused 0 five year prison sentence. Miss
Jaeger was accused of 0 five year prison sentence. Miss
Jaeger was accused of committing for firearm offences at her family's
business. She was charged with selling components for this handgun
and three police issue pistols without authority. They included
fire pins. Rebecca Draper denied she had broken the law and when the
prosecution's expert witness pulled out, the charges were dropped. It
has been an emotional time for the family.
The possibility of a five`year sentence, at the age of 27, it has
been daunting for me. I wouldn't know how to face it. It was the
arrest of one of her customers which sparked the investigation. A former
clay pigeon shooting champion who is now facing prison. This pistol was
found hidden in a tub of chocolate in his home. Police discovered more
than 100 live bullets. They suspected they were being supplied
to local 0 suspected they were being supplied
to local criminals. This was expected to be a test case for
traders selling gun components. The George said the law was very
uncertain, and that she needed to tread carefully `` the judge said.
Finally, relief that those charges have been listed. `` lifted.
Still to come: If you're fed up with this December gloom, there's
brighter news 0 this December gloom, there's
brighter news on the way, from Kaye. About time too, there has been a lot
of this around, but we will be emerging from the gloom tomorrow
with lots of blue sky on the way. Join me for more details later in
the programme. Around 80% of people in Nottingham
want the sale of super`strength beers and ciders to be banned,
according to the first public attitude survey in the city. Some of
those backing the findings include heavy drinkers. The report, by the
campaign group Nottingham Citizens, revealed a similar number of people
believe street drinking is also a problem. Quentin Rayner reports.
Andy Caddy has been a heavy drinker for 20 years. A former stand`up
comic, it was no joke. I was drinking 0
comic, it was no joke. I was drinking six litres of cider a day.
For a stand`up comedian, I knew I couldn't stand up any more. Beers
and cider is of more than 5.6% are classified as super`strength and are
often cheaper. 0 classified as super`strength and are
often cheaper. A single count may contain more alcohol than the daily
safe limit for a man. Nottingham Citizens sake 76% of those surveyed
want all shops to stop selling it. The people have spoken, retailers
should hear what the people are saying. This is not an acceptable
practice. It is targeting the most vulnerable. A hardened drinker like
myself, it's not a problem, you will always find money. It is the young I
am worried for. The council says 80% of city centre off licences have
pledged not to sell this type of alcohol. But people have mixed views
of a ban. There are too many young ones
being, spending money on it, getting drunk, acting ridiculously. I don't
agree. I don't think it is for the retailers to make that decision.
I think somebody else has two really push the point.
I don't think they should stop selling it. If they did, a lot of
the people would turn to crime, because, when you have been a
drinker for so long, or an addict, crime is the only thing you know. It
is estimated the health care and policing associated with alcohol
misuse costs each taxpayer ?170 a year.
Buildings in part of Nottingham were evacuated today, after a fire at a
factory. Emergency crews were called to Midland Shelving on Coventry Road
in Bulwell at around 11.30am this morning. The road was sealed off,
and part of the tram network was disrupted. Properties nearby were
evacuated because of concerns that cylinders could explode. Fire
officers are expected to be there for a number of hours tonight.
At this stage of the incident, the predominant risk is from those
cylinders. We have established effective cordon is in liaison with
the police. We are happy public safety is not compromised, but as a
precaution, we have asked the public to stay indoors.
The body of a man has been found at a house in Leicester. Police were
first called to Aylestone Lane in the city yesterday. The home has
also been damaged by a fire, which was out when the officers arrived.
Leicestershire Police, the Fire Service and a pathologist are trying
to find out what caused the fire and the man's death. The area is
cordoned off while investigations continue.
A man from Leicestershire is to stand trial for the attempted murder
of a Sikh religious leader. It's alleged that Sri Satguru Uday Sing
Ji was attacked at a temple in Linden Street in Leicester in
August. He was treated in hospital for head injuries. Today,
27`year`old Harjit Singh Toor, from Oadby, pleaded not guilty to the
charge. The trial is expected in February.
Three houses had to be evacuated, after it emerged that work by
builders had left them at risk of collapsing. Tonnes of soil had been
removed from beneath the foundations of one of the terraced properties on
Violet Street in the Normanton area of Derby. The two neighbouring
houses were also declared unsafe. The hole is now being filled with
concrete. Officials say householders or landlords should seek advice when
carrying out similar work. Before you start your grand design,
come and talk to the local authority, come and get some advice
about whether or not you're building requires building regulation
approval. And get the advice as to whether what you are planning to do
is going to be safe. Police in Leicestershire are warning
scrap metal dealers they could face thousands of pounds in fines if
they're caught trading illegally. Under new laws, scrap metal can't be
bought with cash, and dealers must have a licence. Our reporter Eleanor
Garnier has been out with the police, as they conducted spot
checks. A surprise visit by Leicestershire
Police, on the hunt for stolen metal, and signs of illegal dealing.
Just check there is a record of the metal coming in, and a record of it
going out. So it can be traced. Copper piping and car wheels, even
kitchen sinks, it is all big business for scrap metal merchants,
but it is costing the rest of us. The government says metal theft
costs the UK economy ?220 million a year. Through disrupted train
services, desecrated war memorials, damaged church roofs. Now, a new law
has been brought in to help police cut down on the crime. It has helped
the police dramatically, most dealers are complying with
legislation. Photographic ID is required. And tracing where the
money has come from and going to. It has eradicated a good percentage of
the theft we were having. The theft of metal is slowing business up. We
don't get so many people in because if they don't have ID we have to
turn them away. Police officers claim domestic metal theft is down
80% in Hinckley since the new law came in.
A charity which supports air ambulance services in the East
Midlands has issued a warning about fraudsters. Hoax leaflets like this
one are being sent out, asking for donations of clothing. But they
don't include a registered charity number or proper contact details.
The company originally responsible for the bogus leaflets was shut down
and prosecuted more than two years ago.
Fire fighters had to use breathing apparatus to tackle a fire in
Leicester this afternoon. The Fire Service were called to a shop on
Abbey Park Road. There were no injuries, but the gas and
electricity supplies were disconnected as a precaution. The
roads in the area are now back open this evening.
This year's Download music event has been named the country's Best Major
Festival. The three`day event at Castle Donington beat off
competition from Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, at the UK
Festival Awards. Iron Maiden was one of the headline acts this year. The
veteran band were back in the East Midlands 25 years after their last
appearance at Donington. More men and women die from it than
any 0 More men and women die from it than
any other cancer. 0 More men and women die from it than
any other cancer. And yet, with early diagnosis and treatment, more
people would survive. One expert in Nottingham is convinced there's now
a need to bring in a national screening programme for lung cancer.
Dr David Baldwin, a lung cancer specialist, is campaigning for
targeted screening of those most at risk, typically in their sixties and
seventies. He pulled together fresh evidence to present to the decision
makers in the new year. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons reports.
A lung cancer tumour, sadly detected too late. That is often the problem.
Could one solution be targeted mass screening? This expert argues, yes,
in the Lancet. Three quarters of our people who come to our clinics have
cancer which is unfortunately incurable. If you catch it early,
you can take it up with surgery and people can be cured. Lung cancer is
on the increase with 3000 new cases across the region every year. With
2400 deaths annually, it is the biggest cancer killer.
We think that CT scans are the way forward for people with high risk.
CT scans are not cheap. Then there is the criticism smokers have
brought it on themselves. But Doctor Baldwin has sympathy. People get
addicted to smoking at an early stage.
The vast majority of people intent `` in our clinics are former
smokers. Surely's lung cancer was discovered when she was being
investigated for a stomach complaint.
If I hadn't had to go to the hospital for this other complaint,
it would never have been spotted. I never felt ill with my chest. If it
is voluntary screening, you don't have to go. Like many of her
generation, she had smoked 50 years, so `` 50 years.
This is a giant pair of inflatable lungs, the latest trick at the
Kingsmill hospital to raise awareness of lung cancer. One of the
biggest health challenges of our age.
There are screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancer.
Will lung cancer be added to the list?
The short answer is, one day, maybe. The committee that evaluates
all the evidence looks at the evidence and is led by that. It is
waiting for the results of a pilot study in Liverpool 0
waiting for the results of a pilot study in Liverpool which is already
doing CT scans and looking as it whether it improves long`term
survival. The results are not until 2015.
What are the symptoms the NHS urges people to look out for?
The main symptom they always go on about is a persistent cough. If you
have had a cough which has lasted more than three weeks, the advice is
to get it checked out. Who knows, it could be something more sinister
than a virus or common cold. The other thing to say is, a lot of
other symptoms, things like breathlessness, unexpected weight
loss. In the early stages, there can be no symptoms and no pain.
It's something many of us don't like to think about, what happens to us
when we die? As thousands of us are choosing to be buried, across the
region there's only so much space left in our graveyards. In
Leicester, the city council has launched a consultation so, in the
long term, they can meet the demand for burial space. Helen Astle
reports. Already, the final resting place for
thousands of people, with new graves being dug every day. This is the new
extension which is likely to be filled within the next 25 years.
Then what? How long do people want the exclusive use of a grave for? At
the moment it is 99 years and there is a cost. We want to give more
affordable options for burial which could involve a shorter period. One
proposal in Leicester is people have a 30 year lease on a burial starts
`` site. This means the plot could then be reused. It is wrong, it
should be how it is now. I know families who have used the same
place. I don't think it is a good idea. You pay for a plot to put your
own family there, then for somebody else to go, it is wrong.
It is wrong, that is why my Gran is at a natural burial ground. Almost
half of cemeteries could run out of space in 20 years. In Nottingham, it
is estimated there could be 70 years of space. 0
is estimated there could be 70 years of space. As our city graveyards
full up, what is the alternative? Here, there is a natural burial
site. No headstones, plenty of room to expand, and increasingly popular.
We only did 25 in the first year. Now it is 150. It has increased year
on year. Leicester City Council's
consultation finishes in the New Year. It says we may not like
talking about burials but with a growing population we need to, so
ultimately we can all be at peace. Time now for the sport.
Leicester City look to extend their lead at the top of the Championship
table tonight, as they travel to Sheffield Wednesday. The Foxes are
three points clear, and the team were in great spirits as they left
the King Power Stadium for Yorkshire earlier today. Natalie Jackson
reports. Ahead of this Sheffield Wednesday
game, this team of brimming with confidence. Why not? They have won
six out of seven, 12 of their first 17 games. The rest of the
Championship is looking up at them at the top of the table. Wednesday
are second bottom, without a permanent manager after David James
was relieved of duties this week. Six Football League badgers have
been sacked in nine days. Only in the summer, Nigel Pearson faced
speculation about his own job. Just in the summer? I thought it was all
the way through the season. It is something you become accustomed to.
There are far too many occasions managers lose their jobs when maybe
it is the first wobble. When you are involved in management, it can be
quite a lonely job from time to time. You have to get on with it.
But he is still smiling and still looking for that extra edge to keep
his team in top spot. We are trying to find ways of improving. And, I
think, when you start patting yourself on the back, you are in
trouble. No one here is getting carried away because, last January,
they were in the top two before they slipped down the division into the
play`off places. This time around, it feels different, Leicester City
are eight points better off than they were exactly this time last
season. Nottingham Forest can go back into
the 0 Nottingham Forest can go back into
the play`off positions if they win at Millwall tonight. Millwall are
unbeaten in their last five home games.
Commentary tonight on BBC Radio Nottingham. Their sports special
starts just after 7pm. And, as ever, exclusive commentary
too on Leicester City, from BBC Radio Leicester 104.9 FM.
As for Derby County, they don't play till tomorrow night, at home to
Middlesbrough. And something else for the club to look forward to.
Pride Park's hosting international football again. The England
under`21s will play Wales there in March, in a European Championship
qualifier. Manager Steve McClaren says it's the perfect venue.
A magnificent stadium. I was there with Jim Smith when it was built and
opened. It was very modern then. The stadium is still as pristine as the
first day when it opened. That is credit to the football club who have
kept it going, and to the public. This is a great venue for football,
a great venue for the under 21 is as well, it is great news.
Leicester Tigers expect to have lock Ed Slater and winger Vereniki Goneva
back, to bolster the squad, before the crucial Heineken Cup game with
Montpellier at the weekend. Tigers have been badly hit by injuries this
season, and have back to back games with the French side coming up.
We have if few missing still. But we will crack on and give it our best.
We will see if the crowd can drag us through.
Snooker. Leicester's Mark Selby is defending his UK Championships title
at the Barbican in London. His third round match was his most
straightforward yet of this year's tournament, Selby through to the
last 16, with a 6`0 win over Stuart Carrington.
In ice hockey, the Nottingham Panthers play tonight. The injury
and suspension`hit squad face a tough game at the National Ice
Centre, against league leaders Belfast Giants.
Now, the young classmates releasing a song for their friend who died of
cancer. It's called Always In Our Hearts, A Song For Rose. Rose
Whittle was ten, and a pupil at Nottingham Girls High School. She
died in March this year. Today, her friends and family told Jo Healey
all about their song. You told me to live, you told me to
love. Rose was diagnosed with a rare children's cancer when she was
eight. Obviously we were devastated, we had
a daughter who was always happy, bright with a zest for life.
She was very jolly all the time when I visited her in hospital. We wrote
a song about her because she was always really musical. She liked the
guitar and ukelele. The day after she died, we got a book and rewrote
different poems to remember her. And then 0
different poems to remember her. And then we wrote words down on a piece
of paper from the poems that really inspired us of what she was. She did
music. We split up into groups, violins,
clarinets, flutes. In the end we formed it together and maybe music
for the song. We sat around a piano and put stuff
together. By the end of the day we had an amazing song to express our
feelings about Rose. The song is a fantastic celebration
of her life, a tribute to Rose, and raising awareness for children's
cancer, and raising money for the cancer ward at Queens 0
cancer, and raising money for the cancer ward at Queens medical
Centre, Nottingham, to make it a home from home for families living
with cancer. Everyone loved rose from their
hearts, from being her friend. A beautiful song, what a lovely
tribute. Fantastic effort. You can download it from Thursday. I think
it should be a Christmas number one. Time now for the weather.
We have some lovely sunshine on the way, but it is a weather picture
first. This is a picture of the starlings in Stoney Middleton, on
Sunday. Keep them coming in. Thereafter changes on the way for
the next few days. Fairly quiet recently. A weather front moving
south tonight. Bringing some rain tonight. The main thing is it will
clear that cloud. We are emerging from the gloom. Rain will clear
away, the 0 from the gloom. Rain will clear
away, the cloud will break, lots of lovely sunshine. Some breaks in the
cloud this evening. The cloud will thicken again. This weather front
will bring some rain in the early hours. The 0
will bring some rain in the early hours. The cloud will hold the
temperatures up, down to four degrees. Cloudy and damp to start.
That rain will clear away swiftly. Taking the cloud with it quickly. By
the 0 Taking the cloud with it quickly. By
the middle of the day tomorrow, we will be basking in sunshine. Breezy
tomorrow. Feeling fairly call, highs of seven Celsius. Things are getting
livelier as we go into Thursday. A deepening area of low pressure
swinging to the North. You can see the squeeze in the isobars meaning a
windy day on Thursday. We have a weather warning in force.
That's all for now. You can join us during the ten o'clock