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rain from the east. That's all from the BBC
This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight: A tram driver says there was nothing he could have done to
avoid hitting a teenager on a crossing.
Lindsey Inger was killed in November 20 12th half a metre from safety.
Also, love and loss, and online dating scam leaves a Leicester woman
penniless. I have no food. My cupboards are empty and I have no
one to eternity. Plus, shall remember them. Could sponsorship
help pay for the memorials. These three premature but they were the
first to get donated breast milk. Good evening and welcome to the
programme. First tonight, the family of a teenager who was killed on a
tram crossing has told an inquest it was the first time she'd used it.
13`year`old Lindsey Inger was hit as she walked across with friends at
Moor Bridge near Hucknall. The tram driver told the hearing
that there was absolutely nothing he could have done to avoid hitting
her. Lindsey's family said they didn't blame him. Here's our Chief
News reporter Quentin Rayner. Lindsey was killed when she and
three other girls crossed the tram crossing to get to one of the
friend's houses. Adrian described as very experienced, was driving the
tram. He blew his horn and slow down when he saw three of the girls in
the middle of the lane. He kept thinking to himself, move, move. He
said she count `` casually carried on walking by until the commission.
`` collision. He applied the breaks and there was a deadly silence. A
family member told him that they didn't blame him and didn't want him
living with guilds. One passenger said she had seen Lindsey but she
had to turn away when she knew the tram was going to hit her. Gary on
the right said he heard screams and stroked Lindsey's arm but she wasn't
conscious. The tram horn was sounded five seconds before the collision.
From analysing CCTV, it wasn't possible to tell whether she had
looked to her right at the oncoming tram. There was nothing to suggest
she had been distracted by a phone or if phones. She had almost catch a
bus crossed the tram line when she was hit and was centimetres from
safety. One qui `` A verdict is expected tomorrow but one key
question won't be answered will it? No and it's the question everyone
wants answered. Why did Lindsey decide to cross the tramline and end
up getting hit by the 40 tonne tram? The Nottinghamshire coroner Maureen
Casey has been at pains to explain to Lindsay's family that she
understands why 0 to Lindsay's family that she
understands why they 0 to Lindsay's family that she
understands why they need to know. But she told them today that that
question is unanswerable and despite all the investigations, we just
won't know why Lindsey crossed when she did.
There is now a fail`safe option now. A footbridge has been built which
will eliminate the risk of this ever happening again. One of our county
councils has announced further cuts to the services it provides and
admits vulnerable people may be hit the hardest.
Derbyshire's planning to increase council tax by 2%, but still has to
make tens of millions of pounds of savings. Here's our political
reporter Chris Doidge. Last week, it was addled scare, today a further
swathe of council services in Derbyshire will put on the chopping
block. It is not a happy day for us. The county council has two save ?157
million from its budget by 2018 and announced that even the most
important services cannot be entirely protected. Among those
taking a hit of potholes. Maintenance will lose ?2 million a
year. Up to seven children Centres will go. Library opening hours will
be reduced and the council will review its spending. We do have few
options now. All the easy options have gone. It is the worst at the
moment. What is so frustrating is we `` is if we have been in power over
the previous four years we could have anticipated the scale of these
cuts and would have started to shape services differently. We spent four
years making the cuts we needed to make and every single one of those
cuts was objected to by a neighbour who had banners and protests and now
they seem to 0 who had banners and protests and now
they seem to be 0 who had banners and protests and now
they seem to be saying we should have done more vote for them. There
are more than 80 cuts set out in these documents but with some of the
details still unclear, it is not certain who will be affected by them
the most. The county council does know that with vulnerable people
most reliant upon them, it is likely that they will be severely affected
by some of the proposals in here. One of our police forces generated
about ?2.5 million from running speed awareness courses for drivers
caught going over the limit. The courses began in 2009. Figures
obtained by BBC Radio Nottingham show that more than 80,000 motorists
have taken part. The attendance cost for drivers has risen by more than
40% since the courses started and now stands at over ?90 each. The
police claim the courses have help reduce casualty figures and in turn
cut the costs associated with serious accidents.
It is justified and necessary. That money is used to support the
partnership. We employ 44 people who do all the work to process people
that get caught speeding. That money pays their salaries. The money we
have spare is being put back into digital cameras. Nine out of ten
drivers learned by it. They don't get caught again and learn by the
educational courses that they do. Today, though, the way money is
raised through speed awareness courses has been criticised. A
little earlier we spoke to the founder of the Drivers' Union, Keith
Peat, who is also a former traffic police officer. His group aims to
promote the rights of drivers as well as safe motoring. The issue is
the fact that we have a speeding industry including companies that
are running courses with all their staff, their tutors, their whole
basis of which means we have `` we need speeders. It is not in their
interest to stop speeding. What is happening is speeding is actually
being encouraged by ignoring the zones where it automatically entices
people to inadvertently speed. I think the police will take you up on
your use of the word, entice. They always say the main problems on our
roads are cars that go too fast. Too fast is a different issue and that
is the fault. It is deliberate mingling and the profiteers stepping
in. Mostly it is below the speed limit and that is where most
accidents 0 limit and that is where most
accidents are caused. Let us take our attention to the causes. The
police say they help stop people reoffending and the money is used
for safety measures within the locality that the courses take
place. My concept of road safety isn't about threatening drivers,
coercing them into paying money to private companies or else they get
prosecuted. That is not my concept of safety. As far as the courses are
concerned, they run private companies for profit. This is wrong.
Somebody has got to run the courses. Thank you very much for speaking to
us. 0 us.
The NHS is to investigate Jimmy Savile's connections with a
children's home in Leicestershire. Savile is believed to have abused
hundreds of victims around the country, many of them youngsters.
Woodhouse Eaves Children's Convalescent Home in Leicester is
the 33rd NHS organisation to come under review. It's now closed.
Leicester NHS Trust says an incident may have occurred more than 40 years
ago. Two men have been charged after
three people were attacked on a busy street in Leicester. The incident
closed part of East Park Road. A 25`year`old man has been charged
with two counts of attempted murder and one of wounding and conspiracy
to murder. A 43`year`old man has been charged with conspiracy to
commit murder. Derby's velodrome will feature
cutting`edge technology to help everything run as smoothly as
possible. The city council's released a customer experience guide
to the venue which should open in a year's time. The publication has
revealed that the velodrome will remember your shoe size. And staff
will carry tablet computers at busy times to take bookings.
A woman from Leicester says she's lost everything after falling for a
stranger on 0 lost everything after falling for a
stranger on a dating website. 53`year`old Ann Bowen ended up
paying out ?2,000 to help the man she met online.
Now she wants to warn others about the very real dangers of online
fraud. Eleanor Garnier reports. It was loneliness that drove and to
look for love online. It wasn't long before she found someone. Same`macro
he has been in the Army for many years and wanted to retire. He said
he wanted to come home to me. It is nice and flattering to start with
and then you start thinking, does he really? Is this a con? Aye her fears
intensified when she started getting e`mails asking for money. She hadn't
spoken on the phone to this man but he asked her to pay a ?2000 admin
fee so he could secure his US Army pension. If you've transferred by
way of a bank account, there are steps that law enforcement could
take but it is time dependent. The reality is by the time you are aware
of this, the money has gone. She isn't the only one. Figures show
that around one in four people across Great Britain will have used
a dating website at some point. They say out of all the people they serve
eight, around 40% had come across fake profiles and 20% had been asked
for money by someone they have been contacting online. She now wants to
warn others about the dangers of `` online fraud. I have nothing. I have
no gas, I have no money to pay bills, I am totally reliant on money
coming into my account next week to be able to have some heat. I have no
food, Mike freezer and covers all empty and I have no one to turn to.
`` my freezer. Still to come ` war memorial maintenance. Remembering
the fallen comes at a cost ` now one council's looking for sponsors to
help out. It is all change with the weather.
We are on the move once again. Join me for the details later.
There are more signs tonight that the Government's welfare reforms are
starting to bite. The number of applications for help with paying
the rent has risen sharply. That's been put down to
deficit`cutting measures like the spare room subsidy, bedroom tax and
the benefit cap. Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball has been
asking local housing authorities just what's happening. Jeremy.
Discretionary Housing Payments made by councils, the people you can't
pay the rent. They are available to tenants on housing benefit or
Universal Credit is. We have asked for 0
Universal Credit is. We have asked for a snapshot of what's happening.
They are reporting increases. In Derby, the number of claims has more
than trebled from 531 in the last financial year to more than 1600
since last April. The value of those claims rose fourfold to ?419,000 and
that is with two months still to go. The council says 83% of those
applied because of the bedroom tax or spare room subsidy. Smaller
councils are seeing the same trend. Charnwood says DHP has increased
325%. A similar story in Nottingham. Debs was threatened with eviction
before her DHP was approved. That is because the housing benefit changes
left her with a rent bill for two spare rooms that used to be used by
her son and Graham `` grandson. I have tried to find another place but
I haven't had any luck. It is either have gas or electric or have food.
Debs is one of 1800 tenants in Nottingham who have applied for the
Discretionary Housing Payments, claims adding up to half ?1 million.
The Labour council says many of those tenants have jobs but still
can't afford the rent because their pay is so low. People are applying
for its because of the bedroom tax. People are not moving. It is acting
as a punishment and not an incentive. For Debs, the prof ``
worry of losing her home has been dramatic and her Discretionary
Housing Payments have meant all the difference. But now she will have to
apply for it all over again. The government has been allocated six
point `` millions of pounds to pay for this. They say they have tripled
extra funding to ?190 million so they can help vulnerable residents
who might need extra help. Nottingham City Council says that is
a fraction of what is needed. The government says these reforms are
vital and that they are fixing the benefits system.
Nottinghamshire County Council is hoping sponsors can be found to help
with the upkeep of local war memorials. Officials reckon they've
spent around ?500,000 on maintenance and repairs over the past seven
years. It's a lot of money in these
straitened times. So would local people and businesses be willing to
look after some of our historic monuments? Carol Hinds reports.
A war 0 monuments? Carol Hinds reports.
A war memorial is more than a local landmark, it is an important part of
a village or a town's history. In summer 2012, Nottinghamshire County
Cricket Club undertook a survey of 95 and monuments within its
boundary. They need TLC and a bit of pointing. The Reddington War
Memorial is a listed war memorial and it did have more severe signs of
deterioration, in particular some of the 0
deterioration, in particular some of the steps were subsiding. The survey
found the theft of copier `` copper or bronze plaques was a problem.
This one was targeted in 2011 by `` and by Remembrance 0
This one was targeted in 2011 by `` and by Remembrance Sunday they were
able to show the replacement plaque made of granite. Nottinghamshire
county council has worked with local groups since 2000 to fund projects
and create 23 memorials at a cost of over ?500,000. Would people in West
bridge could be willing to help maintain their war memorial? It is
part of the community and it is important to remember these people.
It should be looked after. It is something every member of the
community should take on. It is something you should be proud of. I
live in colic and I would be more than happy to help. It is hoped
these war memorials will be preserved for many generations to
come. Next tonight breast is best, especially for babies born
prematurely. 0 prematurely.
But not all of their mums are able to produce the milk they need
straightaway. That's why Kings Mill Hospital has
become the first in the East Midlands to use breast milk donated
by other women. Jo Healey has been to meet the first babies to benefit.
Luke, Lily and Josh, born seven weeks premature. We decided to give
them the donor breastmilk because I didn't have enough breast milk to
give them to start with. The doctors advised on that because it is better
for them. The donor milk is being pioneered here. Premature babies
tolerate breastmilk better and it reduces the risk of them getting a
potentially fatal inflammatory bowel disorder. We really know we are
giving them the best at this important stage of their
development. It is like having a blood transfusion. It is help from
another human being. What about the mums? It has taken the pressure of a
mum. We have a baby early it often affects your milk supply for a
while. They get the donor breastmilk is from bank `` banks. There are 17
in the country. I was a bit unsure at first. They told me it was
screened and cleaned and it was the right thing for them to do. They
have done really well. The trial is running for six months. These three
were the first to benefit. They are now thriving.
Is that a smile or is it something else? I was just thinking, what is
his `` what is he dreaming about? Now for the sport. There's never
been a more high profile and exciting time for women's football
and for the first time ever Nottingham's about to get a taste of
it at the very highest level. A revamped women's Superleague
begins in April and Notts County Ladies will be one of the teams in
the top tier. They've begun training this week and Kirsty Edwards has
been to meet them. Training hard for a big new season.
Notts County Ladies are among eight teams chosen to be in the top
league. They will be playing their home games on the same pitch as the
men are amongst the big clubs come to Meadow Lane will be the current
champions, Liverpool and big spending Manchester City. They are
not just looking to make up the numbers. They are aiming to make
Europe. We don't take second very gracefully so we will be competing.
We want to be successful. It won't be instant. We want to do ourselves
proud. Can 0 be instant. We want to do ourselves
proud. Can we win some silverware? Can we have a cup run? It will be
measured over two seasons and ensuring we are in the league. They
are training full`time in their bid for success and have made some
high`profile signings. A member of internationals are in the side
including four England players. I'm hoping with a link with Notts County
men, we will get a fewer people coming down and cheering us on. It
gives you that extra 10% of energy. Hopefully we can do Nottingham
proud. The amount of funding and coverage we are getting is amazing.
We are shocked and excited about it. Hopefully we will get a very good
crowd at nap `` at Notts County. This is a new dawn for women's
football and these players hope the next few 0
football and these players hope the next few months will see the game
become bigger than ever. I wonder if the arrival of the women
is what's inspired the Notts County men to up their game, recently? They
go to Peterborough this evening looking for their fourth win on the
trot. Full commentary is on BBC Radio Nottingham and coverage starts
just after our programme finishes. So that's good timing.
I'm going to leave you with the build up to the Winter Olympics in
Sochi. They're next month and we have genuine 0 0
Sochi. They're next month and we have genuine medal chances here in
the East Midlands. Our short track speed skaters go with great hopes.
My main job is getting out there and giving it my best shot. I hope
things pan out well. Obviously you want to. This week is about picking
up the clothing for Sochi. There is a photo booth also for a few laughs.
It is pulling on the clothes that make you part of Team GB. Even for
the most experienced member of this speed skating squad, it doesn't get
old. I really enjoyed going through and 0
old. I really enjoyed going through and having 0
old. I really enjoyed going through and having a personal shopper with
me. These Olympics aren't a first for Penny Combs and Nick Buckland,
this time they go with a European bronze medal to their names. We talk
a 0 0 bronze medal to their names. We talk
a lot 0 bronze medal to their names. We talk
a lot from it. We got a huge amount of experience and we haven't
experienced that kind of pressure before. We can take that to the
Olympic Games which is something that will be invaluable. There is
plenty to inspire them and they have impressed Robin Cousins. After
seeing the performance last weekend, it was much better than I was
expecting. It sets them up for Sochi, not this year, but four years
time. Penny has just said to me, we can do it better. It could be
Britain's best post`Winter games and here, we will have played a big
part. I am quite excited now. They are
probably used to the weather now. People have been saying it is mild,
but today, it was freezing. Fog has been an issue. This
photograph was taken over wood bred this morning. If you have any more
like that, keep them coming in. There is some fog forming over
eastern parts but it will be short lived tonight because we are
replacing with the rain. We have a line of weather fronts in the
Atlantic. We are saving the best till last. The weather is on the
move. There will be some spells of rape. There will be some `` there
will be some spells of rain. The wind will start to pick up. It will
reach all of us through the early hours of 0
reach all of us through the early hours of the morning. It is with us
throughout the night. At least we are frog and frost free. `` fog. It
is a damp start tomorrow. There is uncertainty when this rain will come
out of the way. It will clear out of the way and most of us will be dry
into the afternoon. There is some cloud for a time. It is feeling a
little warmer. We get a window of dry weather for Wednesday night
before the next weather system starts zooming in off the Atlantic
into Thursday. A repeat performance on Thursday. It will 0
into Thursday. A repeat performance on Thursday. It will be a dry stop
at the rain is pushing him quickly. That will clear out of the way so it
is drier and brighter for the afternoon.
I think it will `` I think I will stay in bed longer for the sun to
come up. See you on late news.