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This is East Midlands Today: Tonight, Mad Friday. The busiest
night 0 Tonight, Mad Friday. The busiest
night of the year for emergency crews.
Christmas celebrations have their peak and paramedics pick up the
pieces. Also, why thousands 0
pieces. Also, why thousands face an anxious
New Year due to evictions and repossessions. And the head of a
Nottinghamshire Academy quits following a critical Ofsted report.
Anyone for cake? Why Santa might be spending a little longer in
Nottingham this year. Good evening. Welcome to Friday's
programme. All of that to come, but first tonight the police raid on the
home of Labour peer and former Leicester MP Greville Janner as part
of an investigation into child sex abuse. He has not been arrested.
According to his lawyers he is assisting the police with their
inquiries. We understand the investigation into historic
allegations of sex abuse are connected to the high profile case
of Frank Beck. He was 0 connected to the high profile case
of Frank Beck. He was a Leicestershire social worker who
died in prison while serving a life sentence for sex offences. Our
reporter reported on Frank Beck's trial in the early 1990s and has
been following the police operation today. Our reporter is in our
newsroom now. Tell us more about what's happened today.
Leicestershire Police have confirmed that officers searched a property in
North London. A spokesman for the force said that its officers
executed a search warrant in Barnet, as part of an on`going criminal
inquiry. No arrests have been made at this stage. We understand that
neither has Lord Janner been interviewed under caution. Lord
Greville Janner of Braunstone was the Labour MP for two constituencies
in Leicester from 1970 to 1997, Leicester North West, and then
Leicester 0 Leicester North West, and then
Leicester West. He was then elevated to the House of Lords.
So what more do we know about why his home was raided today?
We 0 0 his home was raided today?
We understand the police are investigating issues relating to
Frank Beck, who ran children's homes in Leicestershire from 1973 until
1986. In November 1991, Beck was given five terms of life
imprisonment for physically and sexually abusing over 100 children
in his care. He died later in prison.
So what do Lord Janner's Lawyers have to say about today's
development? I spoke to his solicitors, Wilmer
Hale, this afternoon. They simply directed me to this statement they
have put out: Lord Janner has not been arrested but has been assisting
the police with their inquiries. We are not able to make any further
comment at this time. Next tonight it's the biggest date
on the Christmas party calendar. The last Friday before Christmas. And it
is infamous too for being the busiest night of the year for the
Ambulance Service. For some revellers this will be a night to
remember for all the wrong reasons as binge drinking leads to
accidents, alcohol fuelled violence and health problems. So, how are the
Ambulance Service and the police gearing up for the long night ahead?
Live now to our Health Correspondent in the centre of Derby.
A real festive atmosphere here in Derby tonight in the marketplace.
Thousands of people expected in the city centre bars. This Birds Eye
view really shows you the scene. Odds of people is getting here.
Hopefully sober. In the bar is in Derby, some people have been
drinking for a long time. This Friday last 0
drinking for a long time. This Friday last year, over 1500 people
called the East Midlands Ambulance Service. 20% up on our usual winter
Freddie Mac. That gives you some idea of the pressure they are under.
Regarding firepower tonight, they have 500 staff 300 vehicles on the
road across the East Midlands. We caught up with the paramedic at
Nottingham who was clocking on for her shift a short time ago. She had
some advice for people heading out tonight. Only dial 999 or 111 if you
need the service. Do you really need the ambulance? Can it wait until the
morning when you can go to an urgent care centre or out of hours GP? Does
it really need an ambulance? That is for accident and emergency. Whilst
we are tied up with you, people could be waiting for an ambulance
that really 0 0 could be waiting for an ambulance
that really need one. 0 could be waiting for an ambulance
that really need one. The police have a difficult act to carry out
because they are trying to keep a low`key presence. We want everyone
to enjoy the night. They say they are not party pooper is what I there
to make people safe. I caught up with an inspector earlier. Tonight
is a night for celebrating. We don't want people to feel that the police
or anyone else is against that. Who want people to have a safe and
enjoyable night out. We are there to make sure that happens. Joy Weldon
has put together a triage centre to give first aid to people. Have been
here before. What sort of things do you see? Alcohol`related incidents,
people who fall, her face or break their bones. 0
people who fall, her face or break their bones. You said that people
start off being glamorous but then they get into a mess. Good
intentions at the start of the night but not the end. People often hurt
their face. They don't have the reaction to realise they are
following and 0 reaction to realise they are
following and put their hands up to stop them. You hope to relieve the
pressure on ambulances? That is right. By providing extra care and
support in the city centre, we are hoping that will have no impact on
the surrounding communities. We are working jointly with the hospitals.
It promises to be a big night. It is getting busier.
A 23`year`old man from Derbyshire has been given a life sentence after
stabbing to death the woman who'd previously looked after him as his
baby 0 previously looked after him as his
baby sitter. Cornelius Brown from Somercotes stabbed 30`year`old Jade
Riley`Ward more than 80 times. Nottingham Crown Court heard they
had started a relationship last year, but Brown had become jealous
because he thought she was having an affair. He'll spend a minimum of 20
years in prison. They have been through various
troughs of depression and hope and wanting justice. Total disbelief as
has happened to their daughter. Still to come. Cake`making on an
epic scale. Probably the biggest and most
chocolaty Christmas cake you've ever seen.
Next tonight, more people than ever are at risk of becoming homeless
according to the housing charity, Shelter. They claim up to 15,000
households in the East Midlands face potential eviction or repossession.
The rate in Nottingham is second only to London.
This 61`year`old has lived in this home in Bilborough for half his
life. Recently he has been unable to reach mortgage payments. His
diabetes has left him almost completely blind. He is filing for
bankruptcy. He has not forgotten what it felt like to face
repossession. It left me really deflated. It was like having a black
cloud over me all the time. I couldn't sleep at night. Worried
about it. Based on the number of mortgage and landlord possession
claims in the last year, Shelter says 15,000 homes in the East
Midlands are risk of losing their homes. In Nottingham, that is one
and `` one in 60. In Leicester, one in 71. In Derby, one in 95. We take
500 calls every day from people who are worried about losing their home.
Almost 0 are worried about losing their home.
Almost one 0 are worried about losing their home.
Almost one family on every street is struggling to balance finances. It
is on a knife edge. Stewart has been helped by a charity specialising in
household debt. There has been a 30% increase of people coming for
advice. Last year, we had 210 referrals for mortgage repossession.
In future, he has vowed never to buy anything unless he can afford it.
A court has heard that four more people have come forward to make
allegations against a priest who's facing a string of historic sex
abuse charges. 85`year`old Francis Paul Cullen appeared at Derby Crown
Court today. Our reporter can tell us more now from our Derby studio.
What happened in court? Mr Cullen, who was extradited from
Tenerife in August, appeared in the dock 0
Tenerife in August, appeared in the dock at 0
Tenerife in August, appeared in the dock at Derby Crown Court. He was
wearing a t`shirt and he used a hearing device provided by the court
to follow proceedings. Now he didn't make any plea today and spoke only
to confirm his name. He's facing 27 charges of 0
to confirm his name. He's facing 27 charges of sexually abusing three
boys. Allegations from the late 1950s to the 1990s. Now today in
court the prosecution said that another four complainants have come
forward to make allegations against him. Mr Cullen was the parish priest
at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Mackworth in Derby between
1960 and 1978. He also served at a parish in Buxton 0 0
1960 and 1978. He also served at a parish in Buxton and at a parish in
Nottingham. The court also heard further details about the custody
time limits on the extradition warrant. That runs out at the end of
February, so 0 0 warrant. That runs out at the end of
February, so a 0 warrant. That runs out at the end of
February, so a trial 0 warrant. That runs out at the end of
February, so a trial date has been fixed for 24 February, although
he'll be back in court again before that. He's been remanded in custody.
The head teacher of a Nottingham academy criticised by 0
The head teacher of a Nottingham academy criticised by Ofsted
inspectors for inadequate teaching, has stepped down. Djanogly in Hyson
Green was one of six city secondary schools put into special measures.
It has emerged that Djanogly was also criticised for using
unqualified teachers without proper training or support. This report
from our Political Editor. Djanogly Academy was one of eight
schools in a region that had an unannounced inspection last month.
When I spoke to them, no mention he was leaving and his job had been
advertised since the inspection. We are on a journey. We knew that if
Ofsted came when they don't, they would find that journey was not
complete. The school is singled out for employing many untrained
teachers who didn't have the necessary qualifications. This
report will have prompted this departure. The key thing now is that
they don't dwell on it and wall for a long time. We want to see real
action. Qualified teachers, behavioural issues, scrutiny about
what is going on in these academies. In a statement, Djanogly says 20% of
its teachers are unqualified. These include special vocational teachers
qualified 0 0 include special vocational teachers
qualified in 0 0 include special vocational teachers
qualified in other 0 include special vocational teachers
qualified in other ways. Could rushing Mead School in Leicester
offer a solution? Its headteacher is now advising the Nottingham schools
on how to get out of special measures. Sometimes schools seemed
to lose their way a little bit. They can get worn down by some of the
challenges and start to think that the culture they live in is what is
the cause of the underachievement. It's 0 0
the cause of the underachievement. It's actually building up that self
belief again. That will be the New Year is resolution for the schools
in special measures when they reopen after the Christmas break.
Now, children on their way to school in Mansfield this morning got a bit
of early Christmas cheer. From their lollipop man. Richard Goucher has
been singing ` and dancing along to ` a few festive classics. It's the
last day of term for the children as they break up for the holiday.
Richard says he loves making the kids laugh but he's not a natural
entertainer. I am quite shy. I am a drummer but I
like 0 I am quite shy. I am a drummer but I
like to hide behind that. I love this job. Job satisfaction from
having a laugh with the kids and making them safe is fantastic.
It took three weeks, ten chefs and 180 kilograms of chocolate ` a
restaurant in Nottingham says it's made one of the country's biggest
christmas cakes. Today, the culinary colossus was being sliced up and
dished out to the public. And I was the lucky one who got sent out to
take a look. Putting the final touches to this
winter wonderland. Not only does it look good, everything here is
edible. Weighing in at 700 kilograms, this giant cake has been
a labour of love for a team of Nottinghamshire chefs. We have
planned this for three weeks. Four chefs work on it continuously for
seven days. We wanted to create something big so people can enjoy it
with us. If you fancy making this cake at 0 0
with us. If you fancy making this cake at home, you will need 1400
eggs, 30 kilograms of reasons, 50 kilograms of flour and 180 kilograms
of chocolate. So I would leave plenty of time for your shopping! Of
course, the proof of the pudding is in the taste. What was the verdict
from shoppers? Delicious. It is lovely. It is a nice fruitcake. I
have never seen such an enormous cake in my life. I don't think I
could make one that size! It would not fit in my kitchen! Delicious. It
seems to 0 0 not fit in my kitchen! Delicious. It
seems to have gone down well. Probably best not to think too much
about the calorie count. That is a big one.
Quite tasty to. 0 Still to come ` a news feature and
some carol singing ` cunningly combined.
The news concerns these earthquake damaged bells. While the appropriate
carol singing comes from Leicester cathedral.
Ding`dong merrily on high. In heaven the bells are ringing.
For most the festive season is about friends, family and good food but
for us of course it's mostly about football. With me to run the rule
over our top teams Ian Barroclough. More from him in a moment. But as
our championship sides are vying for promotion there is everything to
play for in a packed fixture list. Here's our look ahead.
Many Rams fans have seen their dreams country. Six in a row is
difficult at any time. To come for defeat 0 0 0
difficult at any time. To come for defeat and do it is very difficult.
We just have to keep going. It is the third of three huge gains in
eight days. Queen's Park Rangers are just 0
eight days. Queen's Park Rangers are just about the tip for the top of
the championship. We have to go and play our own game. We have plenty of
matchwinners. And we have not done as well as we can, it is because we
have slightly underperformed. I don't think there have been too many
occasions where we have been outplayed as such. Forests are just
outside the play`off spaces. Santa, please, this time around, let's try
and conclude that deal for a striker. We need to finish off the
good work we are doing. Everyone is hoping for maximum points to make
this a very Merry Christmas. Well, let's look at some of those
games ` especially the big one between Leicester and QPR. Our guest
is Ian Baraclough ` a Leicester lad and former QPR player. How good are
Queen's Park Rangers, and can Leicester match them? They can. QPR
have experienced players through the spine of the team. We have Charlie
Austin to score goals. Everyone is tipped to win the division, but
there is no reason why Leicester can stay up there. We've built this week
up for Leicester. Do weeks like this make seasons? I think so. They can
have a bearing on how the second half of the season goes. If they get
a win at Loftus, it will give them a boost over the Christmas period. No
reason why they can't build on that in the second half of the season.
What do you make of Forest and Derby? Steve McClaren has had a
great impact. You look at Nottingham Forest and you hear they are after a
striker. You would be hoping they can find one in the transfer window
in January. You spent a lot of time at Notts County ` have they turned a
corner 0 0 at Notts County ` have they turned a
corner under 0 at Notts County ` have they turned a
corner under Shaun Derry Coverage of all those game ` plus Mansfiel's
home game with Accrington ` on your BBC Local Radio station.
Two wins on the trot. It is fantastic for them. Not to be
missed. The rest of the news now. More
football first ` a huge signing for Notts County Ladies ` who will be
part of the women's Super`League next year.
They have brought in 0 next year.
They have brought in England striker Ellen White who has played 42 games
for his country, scoring 17 goals. She was playing for Arsenal. To
train every day, to improve personally. The coaches that I will
have there will be unbelievable. Hopefully the players we bring in
will be amazing as well. I can't wait for it. The head coach of
Derbyshire cricket club is leaving after 22 years. When he got the head
coach' job, he took the team to the division two title. Leicester Tigers
fly half has denied rumours he will sign for Toulouse in France next
season. Leicester's Jamie Kevin is in round two of the darts
championship. He says he knows he will have to be at his best to beat
a five times world champion. Our football clubs aren't the only
ones heading into a busy Christmas period. Nottingham Panthers have
seven games over the next couple of weeks. And that includes Christmas
classics home and away against Sheffield. So 0 0
classics home and away against Sheffield. So how did they warm up?
Well, the Canadians will always go for a bit of lumberjacking.
The Christmas tree had stood in the general manager's garden for 20
years. Now he enlisted the help of players to bring it down. Big though
it was, there were no tears when it left. My family said it was
horrible. We put it in the garden and it 0 0
horrible. We put it in the garden and it grew into this. They donated
it to a local school. Rudolph the red nose reindeer. I was concerned
at first. We did not get a photograph until Thursday. As long
as we can see it in the morning with the lights on, I will be fine. The
8`3 win over Belfast are suggesting the 0 0
8`3 win over Belfast are suggesting the Panthers are doing good in a
tricky league. We are starting to hurt the back of the net a little
more. Every game we play now will be tight. It is good for the fans.
Effort on the ice, with the tree and also the singing. Impressive stuff.
That tree was an absolute monster. Bells, especially church bells, have
been associated with Christmas for centuries. And many of us will wake
to the sound of bells ringing on Christmas morning. It's a tradition
observed by people all over the world, but one city in New Zealand
will have to wait a bit longer to enjoy its festive chimes. Our
reporter has been finding out why. #. Ding`dong merrily on high. The
Lowry are. 0 #. Ding`dong merrily on high. The
Lowry are. `` gloria. Hosanna in ex`Chelsea is. #. We sing about
bells ringing in one of our favourite carols, but it is a sound
that has not been heard in Christchurch New Zealand since 2011
when and earthquakes but the city cathedral. But the bells will ring
out 0 cathedral. But the bells will ring
out again. They are currently here at this bell foundry in Loughborough
where they are being repaired. Is it a big job? Yes. We have received the
13 bells. 12 are good. One is cracked so we will recast that. All
of the fittings are derelict and beyond we use. They were made here
in 1978. You wouldn't normally expect to see them for 60 years. It
was a surprise, but it was honoured were given the job to get them
going. Search and rescue teams from around 0 0
going. Search and rescue teams from around the world travelled to
Christchurch to help. I am delighted to be sure. We have been to the
cathedral. This is a fantastic link. There is a long tradition of fixing
bells 0 0 There is a long tradition of fixing
bells in Loughborough. We pass on our best wishes to the people of New
Zealand. Beautiful singing. Is camp analogy
your thing? To 0 0
your thing? To be 0
your thing? To be honest, I don't know what that
means. This weekend, not that bad. Largely dry. Some of the showers
will pack a punch. Largely dry but breezy. The wet weather we do have
is persistent. Tonight, that does make for attractive viewing.
However, the good news is that once it arrives with us, it is already
starting to break down into showers. Some of those will have the
potential to be quite heavy through the early hours of Saturday morning.
Not as bad as what it is in the West Midlands. The wind will start to
pick up from the South. Six or seven degrees overnight. As for tomorrow,
largely dry. Through the morning, there is some dry weather around. By
the afternoon, we start to see the showers. They will become heavy at
times. Quite a windy day. The wind is 0 0
times. Quite a windy day. The wind is coming from the South. On Sunday,
not a bad day at all. Noticeably colder. Over the Peak District, that
could be a wintry shower. As we going to Christmas week, here comes
the stormy weather. Take a look at that the radar. You will see how
tight the isobars are. Wet and windy on Monday afternoon. The advice from
The Met office is, if you can, travel earlier.
Camp and 0 travel earlier.
Camp and knowledge a 0 travel earlier.
Camp and knowledge a is a posh word for bell`ringing. I tried it a long
time ago. There was a