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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight: a spectacular welcome home parade.
On the streets of Nottingham for soldiers newly returned from
Afghanistan. Also tonight, shot in Westminster as
Erewash MP Jessica Lee announces she is quitting.
And the ancient law which could force homeowners to pay thousands
towards church repairs. And Formula One for the Balkans. ``
toboggans. The world 's fastest sledge, made in Derbyshire.
Good evening. First, a spectacular military parade to welcome home
troops from Afghanistan. Thousands of people lined the streets of
Nottingham as horses and gun carriages led a march to the Council
House. The city's 0 0
House. The city's one of 0
House. The city's one of the historical
recruiting areas for the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. And
today a number of local soldiers were presented with campaign medals.
Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball reports.
The 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery does pomp and ceremony in
style. 22 chestnut horses led more than 200 soldiers, exercising their
freedom of Nottingham, the city where 0
freedom of Nottingham, the city where this regiment has recruited
troops for more than 200 years. This parade is steeped in tradition and
history. The troops have been invited year because of a very
modern conflict. It is their formal welcome home. 0
modern conflict. It is their formal welcome home. Welcome home from
their second tour of duty in Afghanistan. It means so much for
the local members of this regiment. This man comes from an. It was
amazing. I was standing there and my mum was standing there, welling up.
33 soldiers were presented with campaign medals for their
contribution to a mission which is coming to an end. We were really
mentoring Afghan army and police this time. Making sure they're in
the right place and ready to do the job on their own when we leave
Afghanistan. For this family, durable and `` pure relief years
back home. How proud to you feel? Ridiculously proud. Today's ceremony
started with a 0 Ridiculously proud. Today's ceremony
started with a gun salute fired from Nottingham Castle. The battery from
Nottingham was sent to fight in World War I. They fired the first
artillery round in World War I. Curiously, it was the modern`day
equivalent of that detachment that fired the first artillery round of
the operation last year in Afghanistan. Hundreds of soldiers
from the East Midlands are still deployed to Helmand province and
they can expect a warm welcome home to.
In a surprise announcement this afternoon, one of our MPs says
she'll stand down at the next election. Jessica Lee, the
Conservative MP for Erewash in Derbyshire says she's considered her
personal circumstances and responsibilities before making the
decision. She refused to take part in any interviews today. With us now
is 0 0 in any interviews today. With us now
is our political editor John Hess. John, what more can you tell us? She
is highly thought of in Downing Street. She was a Nottingham `based
barrister before being elected as the Erewash 0
barrister before being elected as the Erewash MPE. 0
barrister before being elected as the Erewash MPE. `` MP. She was an
aide to the Attorney General Dominic grieve. So, why did she choose to
stand down? Well, a political blog is claiming that she was getting
expenses on a flat. She 0 is claiming that she was getting
expenses on a flat. She hasn't broken any political rules but there
is a political point. While the Chancellor is saying that housing
benefit should be restricted to ?26,000 per year, she, in effect,
was getting up to ?34,000 per year from the taxpayer to pay for the
rent on her London flat. My understanding is she will stay on as
the Erewash MPE and give her full support to the Prime Minister and
whoever the candidate that is appointed in her place.
Coming up in sport, we look back at a great weekend of football with
Leicester, Forest and Derby all undefeated.
And we have had some super sunshine today but it is a piece of her ``
pea souper tonight. An inquest has started into the
death of a teenager who was killed on a tram crossing.
13`year`old Lindsey Inger from Bulwell was hit as she was crossing
the line with friends. Quentin Rayner is in Hucknall for us
tonight. Well, this crossing is completely
different to what it was in November 2012, when Lindsey Inger was killed.
This one and a half million pound foot bridge has been built after
three deaths in four years. As you can see, there is a small shrine
here in memory of Lindsey Inger. The 13`year`old was crossing the track
with three friends at around 7pm. A report last year by the rail
accident investigation Branch says she didn't react to a warning or
from the tram and was unfamiliar with the crossing but her vision
might have been inhibited by a bright light installed after the
last fatal accident. It found she had not been using a phone or
headphones. At today's inquest, the pathologist said she suffered huge
trauma in a split second but her family told him that they drew great
comfort from hearing that she had not suffered. When there is `` when
the inquest resumes tomorrow, the witnesses are expected to
involve... Include the driver and some passengers.
Security's being stepped up at a Derby cemetery after a number of
thefts from gravesides. Derbyshire Police say several items have been
taken in the last month from Nottingham Road Cemetery, including
a statue worth ?1000. Officers say there will now be more patrols
through the cemetery. Nottingham City Council has
apologised after commuters faced long delays on their journey to work
this morning. The problems were focused on this junction near
Nottingham University. It used to be a roundabout, but temporary traffic
lights have been installed while tram works take place. Miles of
queues on surrounding routes developed after the failure of an
electronic link controlling the lights from the city's traffic
control room. It has now been fixed. Next tonight, a woman who suffers
chronic back pain after being involved in a road accident is
fighting to get osteopathy widely available on the NHS. Josephine
Duffy is furious the treatment isn't funded where she lives ` Rutland.
Some patients do get it in other parts of the country but many are
forced to go private as NHS provision is patchy. Our health
correspondent Rob Sissons reports. Back pain has turned Josephine's
life upside down. She hasn't worked for years but says this therapy
table helps and thousands of pounds of compensation has gone on
osteopathy. Now she relies on the NHS. It is like being a drug addict
but these are all Scripture drugs. It is not what I want. When I have
osteopathy my pain is less so I can reduce down to a couple of core
called Amal. `` couple of painkillers. Five years ago, the NHS
advisory body said that osteopathy should be offered to some patients
with chronic back pain but most osteopathy is private. I begged for
five years. The advice I got from one clinician was to move house. It
should be paid for in the same way as a patient visiting physiotherapy
centres has physiotherapy. At home, Josephine has written to the Health
Secretary to complain. It would be better if people were treated and
helped back to work and supported in staying at work. In a warrant of
competing NHS priorities, the local NHS groups say they can't offer
everything. They say they offer acupuncture but the service just
wants is not commissioned. Thousands of people could be forced
to pay crippling bills to repair local churches. It's all down to
some ancient rules dating back to the reign of Henry VIII, rules which
homeowners say are outdated and should be scrapped.
It's called chancel repair liability and has already cost one owner at
Thrumpton in Nottinghamshire nearly ?7000. Jo Healey reports.
When the mirror and I was told she was liable and had to pay up to
repair her local church, she thought she was covered but... The insurance
did not pay out and I would be interested to hear of any case where
the chancel repair liability insurance had paid out. It cost her
thousands of pounds. Many thousands of homeowners have told that they
too could be liable. The more I hear about it, the more I am horrified
about how chancel repair liability is meant to work. People of all
status, disabled people, people with no money, and it is therefore ever
on the land where the liability is put. Many owners are unaware of
their homes are liable. It is not necessarily on their needs. ``
deeds. So, what is the local dioceses saying ? Well, the church
council can take hardship into account or the damage that enforcing
it could do to the mission of the church. But, as charities, they
can't choose not to register the liability. Miranda says supporters
growing in her fight to abolish the 500`year`old law.
A charity set up in Derby to help victims of domestic or honour`based
violence is 21 years old. Karma Nirvana was set up by Jasvinder
Sanghera from Derby who, at 14, was told by her family she was to marry.
At 16 she managed to escape. Her sister had earlier committed suicide
after a forced marriage. Now, 21 years on, Karma Nirvana's helpline
deals with more than 300 calls a month ` some from girls as young as
11. In 2013 alone, it helped 3150 women flee abuse, and 182 men. Later
this year, following years of campaigning, it will see forced
marriage finally become a criminal offence. Well, a special reception's
being held at the House of Commons this evening to mark the charity's
21 years of work. Among those attending are police and
politicians, volunteers and also some of the many people they've
helped over the years. Right from the start, he was
abusive, mentally and physically. Emotionally. He would rape me and I
felt like I was just property and not a human being. It took me nine
years to pick up the phone to Karma Nirvana and being able to relate to
someone who has been through a similar experience changed my life.
Jasvinder Sanghera joined me a little while ago, just before she
went off 0 little while ago, just before she
went off to the reception, and I asked her just how far Karma Nirvana
has come in those 21 years. Karma Nirvana was founded in my front room
in Derby in 1993 and in the beginning it was a huge struggle to
make people even believe that the issue of forced marriage was a
problem. We have come a long way increasing awareness and we have had
30,000 calls over four years, there has been a change in the law, more
survivors are coming forward and police and other organisations are
changing their practices to tackle this. It is extraordinary what you
have achieved. What you think is your greatest success? For me
personally, the impact of increased reporting. We have gone from no
calls to the helpline from 93 to 96 to well over 60,000 calls. For me,
people seeking help would be the biggest sense of achievement. How
important is Derby to all this? It is my hometown and where I was taken
out of education for forced marriage. My sister was forced to
marry as well. She took her life because of it at 24. We have a lot
of historical links at 0 because of it at 24. We have a lot
of historical links at Derby and it is Derby that put the issue on the
map. What is the future for Karma Nirvana? Are goals are written in
our struggles. We must make sure that every school in the country
engages in this issue. We want every police force to have the right
response because they are failing victims. We want to make sure that
the criminalisation of forced marriage makes a difference and
victims are supported. Here's to the next 21 years. What amazing work
they have done. Still to come: do you remember using
a tin tray to go sledging? Well, this one's made of carbon
fibre, it's considerably faster than a kitchen tray and it's made in
Derbyshire. That looked fast.
Now, sport. First, what a weekend of football.
All our teams undefeated, with wins for Leicester, Derby and Forest in
the Championship. All three cementing their status in the top
six now. But there is only one place to start ` with Leicester, who are
five points clear at the top of the table!
David Nugent! Oh, that is incredible from Kevin Phillips. It is David
Nugent. It is a goal of the timing of champions.
Look out, championship, Leicester City are top of the league.
Commentary from BBC Radio's Leicester's Ian Stringer there.
On to Derby County, where new boy Patrick Bamford has made quite an
impact. The Rams won at home to Brighton. As victories go, it wasn't
always convincing, but Bamford, a Nottingham lad on loan from Chelsea,
lit the game up. This was how he made his mark and
began justifying the bill that he's had. Utterly unfazed, the ball went
beautifully into the net. It was nice to grab the winner. I thought I
was going to score and I did so I'm delighted. It was needed. You could
make a good argument that Brighton had the better of it. Even for
Bamford, not everything went perfectly. We did our best today but
we will take the three points. The fans are still loving the McLaren
effect. We are playing a lot better now. Were going in right direction.
I'm really impressed. His gesture to the sky, a little nod to his
godfather. I wonder what he would have made of his godson 's first
goal for Derby. Next, Nottingham Forest are closing
in on the signing of striker Danny Graham. Graham, who is 28, is due
back at Sunderland from a loan spell with Hull before the end of the
transfer window. Forest owners says negotiations are ongoing.
January is a key time. He has big ambitions and said their closing in
on signings. They are not all one position. Maybe in the middle.
Anywhere in the back. Maybe a striker. On Saturday, he saw Forrest
scored two first`half penalties. Henry Lansbury spot`on on both
occasions. Ben Marshall scored a colour for Blackburn so they were
back in it. There were some excellent saves. The owner wants to
keep the goalkeeper at the club this January. I hope he can play for the
national team. And for the striker. One day you will play in very big
club, like Nottingham Forest! Patterson cost about ?1 million from
Walsall in summer and he looks like a great buy, scoring five goals in
three games. His level is like a Premier League player. Andy Reid
added 0 Premier League player. Andy Reid
added our fourth goal. Forrester still on the hunt for a striker. All
the clubs want to add power for their team. This is normal. We are
doing the same also for Nottingham. They are working, we are working,
everybody is working hard. Working hard to bring in what seems like a
loan signings this January. Forest have ten games unbeaten now.
At Notts County, manager Shaun Derry says he has a Plan B, should Celtic
decide not to allow Callum McGregor to stay at Meadow Lane on loan.
Meanwhile at Mansfield, they are trying to bring in a signing or two
this week. Both teams had good moments over the weekend, as David
Jackson reports. They're Shaun Derry effect
continues. He has guided his team to three wins in a row. Meanwhile, how
about this for a special goal by Mansell's Lee Stevenson? A bit of
magic gave them the lead but they let a goal in later so it was just a
point at Portsmouth but this one is for the scrapbook, says Stevenson.
On to rugby, and if Leicester Tigers are to make a splash in the Heineken
Cup this season, they'll have to do it a very hard way indeed. This
Niall Morris try wasn't enough to avoid defeat to Ulster on Saturday.
And that means Leicester must travel to Clermont Auverge in the
quarterfinals. Clermont have now gone 71 games unbeaten at the Stade
Marcel Michelin and are favourites to lift the Cup. One other bit of
Tigers 0 to lift the Cup. One other bit of
Tigers news ` prop Thomas Waldrom is leaving. He'll join Exeter from the
start of next season. In snooker, there was to be no
repeat of last year's Masters triumph for Leicester's Mark Selby.
The Jester was blown away early in the final by a resurgent Ronnie
O'Sullivan, who raced to a 7`1 lead. Selby did produce a mini`revival
early in the second session, but then could only watch as O'Sullivan
took every chance he got to seal victory.
And another defeat to finish with I'm 0 0
And another defeat to finish with I'm afraid, but an injury`wracked
Nottingham Panthers were rightly proud of out`shooting Coventry Blaze
and forcing the game into overtime. Twice they were behind and twice
levelled the game up, but Blaze had more fit men and that made the
difference in the end. A valuable point gained 0
difference in the end. A valuable point gained for Panthers.
But the football is what we really enjoyed this weekend.
A Derbyshire company that's made the world's fastest sledge is hoping it
could speed up the recruitment of new staff.
The sledge is built from the same carbon fibre material used in
Formula One cars. Now EPM Technology is hoping the publicity could help
attract more workers as it prepares to move into 0
attract more workers as it prepares to move into a new factory. Mike
O'Sullivan reports. Downhill all the way and into the
record books in Andorra. Guy Martin piloted this sledge. He beat the
record held by Germany, achieving a top speed of 83.49 mph. This is
where the sledge was built. EPM Technology near Derby. A carbon
fibre specialist with a string of Formula One customers. We had Guy
Martin and the crew on site for three days. We took them through the
whole process. We made it the same way as we make Formula One parts.
This is the sort of thing the company makes here, a steering wheel
for 0 0 company makes here, a steering wheel
for a 0 company makes here, a steering wheel
for a Formula One car. What isn't a secret here is that the company is
having trouble recruiting the right skilled workers is at moves into new
factory. Company is expanding, with a ?4.75 million loan from a Derby
fund. That is just days away from moving into a new factory. Next time
we move into a graduate 0 moving into a new factory. Next time
we move into a graduate show, people will know about us. EPM Technology
decided to make two sledges for the record attempt. Just as well. One
didn't survive an extra test on. New technology but old`fashioned thrills
and spills. That looked painful. Mind you, it
was very white this morning but a frosty wife. `` white.
We have a picture taken around this time last year. This year has been
relatively mild and no sign of any snow in the forecast just yet for
the next few days. But we have got some white stuff of a different
kind. 0 some white stuff of a different
kind. We have some fog. We expect it to be much more dense than last
night. There is a weather warning in force for it. It will be tricky on
the roads tonight and tomorrow morning. There was some fog around
western parts this morning but most of us have spectacular day with
beautiful sunshine. But we are already starting to see the fault
form `` fog. Once it forms, it. The temperature falling too far so we
are close to if not a little below freezing by the morning. Frosty and
foggy tomorrow morning. Some brighter parts during the afternoon
but much more in the way of cloud. We are staying dry at least.
Temperatures will be cooler without the sunshine. No fog tomorrow night
but the rain will come back tomorrow night and into Wednesday.
Well, it was beautiful this morning. It doesn't seem as cold when it