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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and Geeta Pendse.


Tonight, sending in the military to take on the miners. 30 years on, new


government papers reveal how close Mrs Thatcher came to sending troops


into the East Midlands coalfield as the hit strike intensified.


Also, the tax that helps to pay for the tram improvements in Nottingham


goes up by 8.3%. Plus a secret no more, we were `` we


reveal why Lester's before city of cultural dream agriculture failed.


And wind turbines, a closer look at them.


Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme. Confidential Government


files released today have revealed that Margaret Thatcher considered


sending the army into the coalfields of the East Midlands at the height


of the miners' strike. Cabinet papers from 1984 also show she was


thinking of declaring a state of emergency, and she was alarmed at


cash support for the miners coming from Soviet Russia. This report from


our political editor, John Hess. Rufford Colliery closed 20 years


ago. But it was a decision taken ten years beforehand that sealed its


fate, for its 1,200 miners and thousands of others across the East


Midlands. It was in the East Midlands


coalfield that the miners strike was going to be won or lost. That is why


scores of flying pickets attempted to stop working miners from clocking


on for their normal shift but government papers revealed for the


first time today revealed how close the Prime Minister 0


first time today revealed how close the Prime Minister came to calling


in the troops. Three months into the dispute, and with the threat of


dockers taking sympathy action, Mrs Thatcher held a meeting of her


ministers to consider calling a state of emergency. They feared


power cuts and 0 state of emergency. They feared


power cuts and food shortages. I am not surprised she considered using


the army, I have already said that if she thought it was necessary to


use the air force, she would have used that. Preparations were made


back then not to provoke a strike but to ensure that if the threat


ever echoed again, the Government and the country would be in a


position to at least negotiate from some position of strength rather


than weakness. At his Derbyshire home today,


journalist and author Matthew Parris recalled the crisis as one of Mrs


Thatcher's MPs. I don't think there are any astonishing revelations in


these papers will stop she had a plan and have had it for some time


and this was a long, prepared military style strategy for her. And


by no means as might have seemed at the time that it caught the


Government 0 the time that it caught the


Government unawares. Paddy Tipping was once the MP for the


Parliamentary constituency that included Rufford colliery. It is


hard not to remember the antagonism and the emotion, family against


family in some cases, workers against workers. Troops would have


blown the lid off, it would have been a bloody legacy. The troops


were kept in the barracks the threat of the dock strike stopped. But the


papers showed the extent that she was pushed to the edge. The


Government papers revealed it was the dockers once they 0


Government papers revealed it was the dockers once they rejected


taking strike action. Next, businesses, organisations and


individuals in Nottingham are facing another big hike in the workplace


parking levy ` the local tax that helps to pay for transport


improvements in the city. From April, the city council says it'll


go up by more than 8%, a rise that will raise funds for two new tram


lines and, according to one senior councillor, bring wider benefits


too. It is helping to pay for two new


tram lines and transport improvements in Nottingham. And now


this 0 improvements in Nottingham. And now


this year, the workplace parking levy is going up by an inflation


busting 8.3%, to ?362. This firm based in Nottingham city


centre provides laser cutting for the textiles, aerospace and motor


industries. With 0 the textiles, aerospace and motor


industries. With its sister company, it has to pay the workplace parking


levy on 13 car parking spaces. That will result in a bill of more than


?4,700 from April when the charge goes up. But once again, the tax


will be passed on to the workforce. 13 spaces at those sort of values,


that is a significant sum of money to find each year and we have no


choice but to pass it onto the of staff.


The deputy leader of the city council has defended the latest rise


in the levy, which was introduced in 2012. There is nothing we could do.


Parliament would not rescind the legislation even if we ask them to.


You have to remember the benefits the city is getting from this, this


is paying for the tram and that has brought in ?500 million worth of


investment. But it's been a controversial tax


and back at the laser firm, one worker is determined he'll never pay


up. I will never pay the levy, I will park elsewhere. I will walk. I


will park it as near as I can. The city council says eventually for


every ?1 raised, the levy will deliver ?10 of economic benefits.


Still to come ` should pupils be fingerprinted ` at school? Privacy


campaigners say thousands have ` and it's time more parents complained.


And the unsettled theme in the weather shows no sign of change as


low pressure after low`pressure moves in but, they will be some dry


weather this weekend and I will tell you when later.


Next, Leicester lost out in its attempt to become the next UK City


of Culture because its bid "lacked ambition". The judging panel also


say 0 ambition". The judging panel also


say the city relied too much on safe ideas like the Diwali celebrations.


As we know, the title for 2017 went to Hull instead. Leicester's bid


team say they're disappointed by some of the feedback.


Last November, the team behind Leicester's bid to become the UK


City of Culture in 2017, gathered at the Curve Theatre to see if they'd


won. I am delighted to announce that the UK City of Culture 2017 is Hull.


At the time, the judges said Hull's proposal showed its determination to


shake off its image of decline and deprivation. And that's why it had


scooped the title. It was a city that was hungry, desperate to come


out of eight negative perception and find its place in the 0


out of eight negative perception and find its place in the world and they


will used phrases like they want to find their place in the UK and come


out of the shadows. Now, the judging panel has sent


feedback to the city council on why Leicester's bid failed. Team members


are disappointed that the judges felt the bid lacked ambition and


innovation. On the one hand they were saying that we have cultural


excellent and then that we were not quite ambitious enough but having


worked for months on the programme, I thought it was really ambitious


and bold and exciting. The city that prides itself on its


diversity, found the judging panel were concerned that their bid hadn't


fully developed ideas on how a cultural activity might bring


communities together. I think they were two 0


communities together. I think they were two comments really about the


diversity of the communities in Leicester, one was that it was


positive and the strength of the bid and then there was more work week


should do to bring people together using culture and some of the


communities and we still need to focus on that.


The panel felt that Leicester's bid relied heavily on safe ideas like


Diwali and festivals. Not so, say the team who will use the feedback


to help put the city on the UK's cultural map by 2017.


Leicestershire Police has dropped its investigation into former County


Council leader David Parsons after an 18`month inquiry into his travel


expenses. Last year, officers started looking into trips he made


to Europe while he was council leader. The council says it's still


expecting final repayments of more than ?2,000 from Mr Parsons after a


long`running dispute over a range of expenses.


Several staff and inmates at Nottingham Prison were injured in a


disturbance which broke out yesterday afternoon. The prison's


independent monitoring board says no`one needed hospital treatment but


said the injuries weren't trivial. They visited the prison this morning


and say the situation is now calm. No`one from the Ministry of Justice


has been available for comment. Next tonight, how the sun is shining


on one council's green initiative while another's has been blown off


course. A Freedom of Information request has revealed that two wind


turbines in Rushcliffe produce so little energy it'll take decades to


repay the cost. Meanwhile, Gedling's solar panels are so successful that


all the council's computers can be powered for the next four years.


Ten years ago, two wind turbines were put up in Rushcliffe Country


Park. Half of the ?30,000 was paid for by the borough council, the rest


from a grant. A Freedom of Information request by the Daily


Telegraph has disclosed that last year, the turbines only produced


around ?70 worth of power on a lower tariff, and it would take hundreds


of years to recoup the cost. They only have a life span of 15 years.


The council insists the meter wasn't working properly and the turbines


normally produce 3,500 kiloWatt`hours a year. But even at


that rate, it would still take about 50 years to pay back what was spent


on them. So does it accept they were a waste of money given that wind


speed here is low? We regret that we have not got the return that we


wanted on the investment and we acknowledge that, we recognise that


in hindsight, these have not produced what we anticipated. They


are part of the wider measures that we have implemented in the park


which enabled it to achieve dreams like status for seven years running


but we recognise that we have not got back as much as we hoped.


But it's a sunnier story in Gedling. The borough council has installed


over 500 solar panels on four of its buildings. It reckons to pay back


the ?90,000 cost within five years and in six months generated over a


100,000 kiloWatt`hours, enough to power its 250 computers for the next


four years. If we prove that it is successful and other authorities


then may do the same thing. And it may have saved us money which is


definitely a bonus. Other organisations can use this


technology effectively and we will help to support that.


Critics say Rushcliffe's experience has once again exposed the


limitations of wind energy. Next tonight, claims that our


children's privacy is being invaded by schools who use fingerprint


scanners on their pupils. The civil liberties campaign group Big Brother


Watch 0 liberties campaign group Big Brother


Watch says more than half of the secondary schools surveyed in our


region use so`called biometric scanners to take children's personal


data and a quarter of them didn't have parental permission. In a


moment, we'll hear more from Big Brother Watch, but first, why have


these scanners caused such a fuss? They collect our most personal and


unique data. Fingerprints, retina patterns and even the shape of our


face and hands. Biometric scanners are now widely used to identify an


individual. But today's research from the


privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch suggests our region has the


highest proportion of secondary schools which use the scanners to


collect data from their pupils, and a quarter of them didn't have


permission from parents. The scanners are used to record


attendance or help children claim school meals. But Big Brother Watch


says it infringes on pupils' privacy.


The Government has already acted. Last September, a new law came into


force meaning schools and colleges must now get written consent before


a child's biometric data is taken. Crucially, parents can refuse the


school's request. Earlier I spoke to the director of


Big Brother Watch, Nick Pickles. I asked him why he thought it was so


wrong for schools to collect pupils' data in this way. I think you have


got two big problems. First, the conditioning of children and


arguably the criminalisation of children by making it seem normal


that their fingerprints are taken at regular intervals throughout the


day. But also the bigger question is that in the region we saw one in


four schools taking fingerprints without parental permission. But I


think is particularly worrying. How does it criminalise children by


keeping data which keeps them safe and means they don't have to carry


around large sums of money? There are alternatives, for example using


contactless smart cards or even applications on smartphones. But the


broader question is in an age where we are sharing more information


about us than ever before, should young people be told at school but


it is perfectly normal to place your fingerprint down when you are using


services? And this is not just tracking one service, in some


schools it is tracking three or four different services so your


fingerprint essentially forms the same purpose as an ID card. Hasn't


the law already changed on consent so the horse has already bolted?


That is only for pupils who have not enrolled yet so that was from the


beginning of this school year but our research shows that before the


law changed, upwards of 1 million pupils were already being


fingerprinted so this report is a wake`up call to both parents of


pupils who started secondary school this year but also parents who had


pupils already there to say, "do you know that your children may be being


fingerprinted and that you have a legal right to ask for an


alternative system to be put in place which mark" Is your advice to


go along to the school to find out what is happening to your children?


Ask your children, and you have a right to withdraw that consent.


Derby train`maker Bombardier has lost work worth ?265 million with


London Underground after admitting it couldn't complete the work on


time. The contract was for modernising signals on almost half


of the tube network. The news shouldn't affect train`making in


Derby. 0 shouldn't affect train`making in


Derby. The city's factory will continue to make underground trains


until 2016. A new date has been set for the


judicial review into Richard III's reburial. The case will be heard in


the Royal Courts of Justice in London on March 13th and is expected


to last two days. It comes after the original court battle was adjourned


last November. Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby says the row over


the future of the king's remains has caused considerable inconvenience.


A homelessness charity is running a drop`in centre for dgos. Rough


sleepers are getting free treatment for their pets, from trainee vets.


Sleeping rough can be a dog's life for pets as well as people. And


these monthly checks are giving Carly the basic treatment, that Paul


simply can't afford. Most of the lads on the streets rely on their


dogs, it is company. When you are on your own, they keep you warm as


well. The sessions are run by students


from the Nottingham Veterinary School. A chance to practice


everything from microchipping to worming and fleaing under close


supervision. The cost of veterinary care is quite expensive and to have


that service free where they will come down to a non`judgemental


situation and everybody respects the situation that the service uses are


in, they feel more comfortable coming down here and they know they


will be treated with respect and a good service from the students.


For Carly, this is a welcome dose of tender loving care. And for Paul,


it's peace of mind. Still to come: sky`high


celebrations. It's 50 years since the Red Arrows first donned their


flying gear. Now, there are big plans for a landmark anniversary.


A spectacular display. Talking of which, here is Colin!


It is, of course, FA Cup weekend and whatever you might have heard, no


doubt there is still real magic about the cup. Simon has been on


flying form for the Rams and I am sure he will want to play with Derby


County. Just ask Derby County fans ` they're looking forward to what is


undoubtedly one of the plum ties of the third round as they take on


Chelsea at the iPro Stadium. Angela has been looking ahead to the big


game. It looks like a David and Goliath


encounter, millions of pounds separate these two teams but if Jose


Mourinho claims to be the the special one, Steve McClaren can also


claim to be pretty special. It is a game we have got nothing to lose in


and it should be an enjoyable one. I think we have got a good chance of


beating them. Steve McClaren has brought us together. A shock result


is what Derby hope for and Chelsea have the utmost respect. I am happy


to play against Steve. I have full respect for the championship and as


all good managers are. He belongs to a different level so hopefully he is


back to the Premier League soon. Premier League giants up against a


team fighting hard to get there. Could there be an upset? Most of the


crowd here will be hoping so. Another bit of Derby news because


Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford will join them after the weekend on loan.


He scored 16 goals during a loan spell with MK Dons and was actually


a product of the Nottingham Forest Academy. He'll be with the Rams


until the end of the season. Nottingham Forest are likely to ring


the changes against West Ham United on Sunday, who are likely to play a


young side too. So, does the FA Cup still matter? Do expectations weigh


heavily at Forest? And how does a striker look at a plan to bring in


competition? I've been asking Reds forward, Simon Cox.


The history around the football club is probably one of the greatest in


the division so there is a bit of pressure but with that comes big


personality and big performances from what we call a very good group


of players. I think it is good. It takes a bit


of stress away from the league. We will go against a team who might not


be doing as well as they should be this year and it will be a good test


for the players who may not have played as much but we will still


field a strong team. We have all got one goal at the end


of the season, if the manager decides to bring another striker in


and he helps us get to our goal, I am all for that. That improves


competition for places and that is healthy.


It is a really good place to be. What I would say about the manager


is that he is good at getting everybody in and keeping the smiles


on their faces. It makes it enjoyable to come in every day and


he knows when to have fun and when to be serious as well. The serious


business this weekend is given serious coverage. Full live


commentary on BBC Radio Nottingham. And on BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio


Leicester. Leicester City are taking their brilliant league form on the


road as well to Stoke. If they are to build on their promise and get


themselves promoted, Stoke are exactly the kind of side that the


Foxes will have to learn to match up to. We have to approach the game as


we always do, I well established Premier League team against us so it


will be a good test and we will see what happens and I am sure that it


will be a good game. Notts County not in action this


weekend, but Mansfield are. They have a long trip to Exeter. Weather


permitting. In rugby, Leicester Tigers welcome


back Captain Toby Flood for the match with Bath. He'll take the


Number 12 shirt with Owen Williams continuing at fly`half. Bath's visit


one of the highlights of the season. We'll round it up on Monday.


In ice hockey, it will take something 0 0


In ice hockey, it will take something really 0


In ice hockey, it will take something really special for


Notthingham Panthers to retain their league title after last night's


defeat at runaway leaders Belfast. They'd come back from 2`0 and 3`2


down to level it near the end, but the Giants grabbed the winner and


are now 16 points clear 0 the Giants grabbed the winner and


are now 16 points clear of Panthers and look like they're racing to the


title. Still, plenty of twists and turns to


come and the trophy up for grabs. It's 50 years since the iconic Red


Arrows first took to the skies of Lincolnshire. To mark the


anniversary their jets are to be given a make`over. Exact details are


expected to be revealed in the next few months ` and the team are


already working on a new celebratory routine.


The Red Arrows! This is what the red arrows are famous for, action packed


displays that entertain the crowd. And they have been doing it for


nearly 50 years. It was a combination of several


display teams and so we got to a fairly illustrious history. The 50


years of the Red Arrows has seen them displayed over 4500 times in 55


countries but it is not just about the pilots, it takes around 100


people to get the Red Arrows off the ground. The team returned from a


tour of the 0 ground. The team returned from a


tour of the Middle East last year and since then they have been easy


preparing for this season's display. We have been going a long time. But


the future has been questioned in recent years and the team has


recently suffered tragedy with the deaths of Flight Lieutenant John


King and Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham in 2011. The following


year, the team performed with just seven aircraft before bringing back


their 0 seven aircraft before bringing back


their signature diamond nine formation last year. Now at the


start of their special anniversary year, the red arrows are planning a


few surprises. There are certain elements of the aircraft that may be


changing, that are quite significant. We are anticipating


about 80 displays but intermittent within that display season, there


are special events which I shall be arranging. So lots to look forward


to 0 0 arranging. So lots to look forward


to for enthusiasts and a busy 12 months for the team. Baulk they


never fail to surprise me. Nothing magnificent about the


weather at the moment but the unsettled theme is staying with us.


There will still be some dry weather across the weekend and it looks wet


in the morning of Sunday but maybe even a bit of sunshine on Saturday.


Sunday starts off well but then the next Atlantique storm is coming in.


First, the weather picture time. Think you, Tony. We have some


sunshine when this was taken! To keep your pictures coming in to the


e`mail address. Here is the pressure chart with an area of low pressure


with us today which will slowly push away as it moves away. The winds


will be lighter tomorrow but here is the next low pressure pushing in on


Sunday. At the moment, still fairly windy out there and the winds remain


strong throughout the evening with a scattering of blustery showers. They


start to die at and the winds will begin to ease through the night to


night. As they become... Temperatures down to around three


Celsius and in rural areas, a chance of a touch of frost. The next area


of rain pushes its way in from the South on Saturday morning, maybe


turning wintry across the Peak District but it moves away quickly


and some lighter winds on Saturday afternoon and possibly a bit of


sunshine breaking through the cloud. And feeling fairly pleasant with a


high of eight Celsius. On Sunday, there is the big deep area of low


pressure and it will move its way in looking fairly bright to start the


day on Sunday but you will then start to see the cloud increasing


before the rain pushes in and as the rain moves in, the wind strengthens


so another spell of wet and windy weather to end the week.


It never stops. To universal acclaim, Morris will 0


It never stops. To universal acclaim, Morris will be back with


the late news tonight. Good night.


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